I took some time this evening to get back to processing some images from the September elk rut. This year I was fortunate to encounter a number of bull fights. Not that fights between bulls are uncommon but I have had trips where the action was always happening some place other than where I was. As daylight faded the first evening of my trip a herd of cows with two bulls challenging each other had assembled on an open ridge top.
While the one bull sported a beautiful even rack this aggressive fellow with his one large seven point antler and a broken stub was not about to back down and miss out on a season of mating.
And soon the battle was joined.
The bulls fought violently for a little over two minutes before they broke apart. While the one bull would seem to have been handicapped with only one antler there was no apparent winner.